Dinner for 10 people on the Upper West Side
I recently moved to the Upper West Side and haven't had the chance to try out many restaurants. A bunch of my friends from out of state are coming into the city in a few weeks for a birthday dinner. Can anyone suggest a restaurant good for a big group in the 80s or 90s?
Carmine's on 90th and broadway is family-style italian. You need to go with a group since the portions are gigantic (and tasty). And the UWS location is a little less noisy & touristy than the one in times square (while still quite lively). I've had a few friends host birthday dinners there over the years. They generally don't take reservations, but I think they make an exception for large parties, so you should be in luck and be able to avoid a long wait.
I second the Compass suggestion. (It's in the 70s, but still.) My boyfriend's (discriminating) family had a great 10-person dinner there and it was not so easy to find a place to accommodate 10 (he was on jury duty so I was doing the calling around -- tough).